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Winner of the 2009 Audie Award for Fiction

Don’t miss the thrilling novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King about what happens when the barrier between our world and that of the supernatural is breached...

No more than a dark pencil line on a blank page. A horizon line, maybe. But also a slot for blackness to pour through...

A terrible construction site accident takes Edgar Freemantle’s right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. A marriage that produced two lovely daughters suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn’t survived the injuries that could have killed him. He wants out. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a “geographic cure,” a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch. And Kamen suggests something else.

“Edgar, does anything make you happy?”

“I used to sketch.”

“Take it up again. You need hedges...hedges against the night.”

Edgar leaves Minnesota for a rented house on Duma Key, a stunningly beautiful, eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico and the tidal rattling of shells on the beach call out to him, and Edgar draws. A visit from Ilse, the daughter he dotes on, starts his movement out of solitude. He meets a kindred spirit in Wireman, a man reluctant to reveal his own wounds, and then Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman whose roots are tangled deep in Duma Key. Now Edgar paints, sometimes feverishly, his exploding talent both a wonder and a weapon. Many of his paintings have a power that cannot be controlled. When Elizabeth’s past unfolds and the ghosts of her childhood begin to appear, the damage of which they are capable is truly devastating.

The tenacity of love, the perils of creativity, the mysteries of memory, and the nature of the supernatural—Stephen King gives us yet another novel as fascinating as it is gripping and terrifying.

Mysteries & Thrillers
John Slattery
hr min
January 22
Simon & Schuster Audio

Customer Reviews

JeffreyJosephEast ,


Stephen King is one of the best writers of all time! His ability to paint pictures with words is simply remarkable! And this is indeed the case in Duma Key! The story of Edgar who has survived a terrible accident and moves to Florida for a "change of scenery" contains quite an adventure as elaborate and evolved as the pictures Edgar begins painting at sunset. Stephen King has written yet another classic in an already long ling of brilliant novels! Great Job!


Fornit some forus in Florida

Only finished first hour, but the story has legs. If you are a fan of King, get it. If you enjoyed the most recent short story (about the treadmill/bike) this one is for you. If not stay away frushing freef! 8>

thank you Mr. King (even though Roland got screwed) 8>

Beach chik ,


The undertow of this book pulls you in slowly, as in the best of Stephen King. After an hour, you are gone hopelessly into King's world, perhaps not resurfacing for a while after the book is finished. The narration is top-notch, and lends even more power to King's method of the growing storm. As a visually disabled reader and writer, I no longer have the pleasure of caressing paper with eyes, squeezing the last sweet word from it. I "read" this audiobook to come down from an audio of 40+ hours of Atlas Shrugged. Can you imagine having Ayn Rand and Stephen King both swirling in your head? Do it, kids. This is a primo audio. Take it from the blind lady.

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